27 September 2012
A right royal thank you
A Big Jubilee Thank You to her Majesty the Queen brought thousands of people together to start this year's harvest celebrations.
The Church of England and HOPE delivered the signed letters of thanks to Buckingham Palace on Monday.
Hundreds of church schools, academies, Boys and Girls' Brigade Groups, Guides and Brownies, Cubs and Scouts, Mothers' Unions and denominational and independent churches, contributed to the Big Jubilee Thank You, by writing messages to the Queen.
The event signifies the beginning of this harvest's Season of Thankfulness, for which HOPE has provided churches with a book of resources.
On top of a preface by Prince Charles, the book also contains plenty of ideas and mission examples, from a wide range of perspectives.
It includes an article by Pastor Agu Irukwu of Jesus House, a chapter on meditation by the former Abbot Christopher Jamison, four weeks' worth of Bible studies by Stewardship, an article from Tearfund, and ideas for youth groups from Urban Saints.
Other stories and ideas come from a farmer, a magistrate, a bishop, a doctor, a mum, and a financial advisor, to name a few.
In his introduction, the Prince of Wales shows his support for HOPE's efforts to encourage churches and communities to give thanks for all we have this harvest time.
Roy Crowne, HOPE's executive director, said: "Harvest, as a season of thankfulness, is a holy invitation to re-evaluate and re-orientate our values.
"I am excited about the potential of this resource to highlight the importance of giving thanks to God for our work and for the many gifts He has given to us and its potential to equip us to share His generosity with those who don't know Him."